Fwd: FW: Capt. Steven Ellison, MD

Capt. Steven Ellison, MD
A Military Doctor

I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two military Level One-Trauma Centers, both in San Antonio, TX and they care for civilian emergencies as well as military personnel. San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world living here. As a military doctor, I work long hours and the pay is less than glamorous. One tends to become jaded by the long hours, lack of sleep, food, family contact and the endless parade of human suffering passing before you. The arrival of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only more work. Most often, it is a victim from a motor vehicle crash.

Often it is a person of dubious character who has been shot or stabbed. With our large military retiree population, it is often a nursing home patient. Even with my enlisted service and minimal combat experience in Panama, I have caught myself groaning when the ambulance brought in yet another sick, elderly person from one of the local retirement centers that cater to military retirees. I had not stopped to think of what citizens of this age group represented.

I saw 'Saving Private Ryan.' I was touched deeply. Not so much by the carnage, but by the sacrifices of so many. I was touched most by the scene of the elderly survivor at the graveside, asking his wife if he'd been a good man. I realized that I had seen these same men and women coming through my Emergency Dept. and had not realized what magnificent sacrifices they had made. The things they did for me and everyone else that has lived on this planet since the end of that conflict are priceless.

Situation permitting, I now try to ask my patients about their experiences. They would never bring up the subject without my inquiry. I have been privileged to hear an amazing array of experiences, recounted in the brief minutes allowed in an Emergency Dept. encounter. These experiences have revealed the incredible individuals I have had the honor of serving in a medical capacity, many on their last admission to the hospital.

There was a frail, elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic, trying to start an IV line in her arm. She remained calm and poised, despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks into her fragile veins. She was what we call a 'hard stick.' As the medic made another attempt, I noticed a number tattooed across her forearm. I touched it with one finger and looked into her eyes. She simply said, ' Auschwitz .' Many of later generations would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his many attempts. How different was the response from this person who'd seen unspeakable suffering.

Also, there was this long retired Colonel, who as a young officer had parachuted from his burning plane over a Pacific Island held by the Japanese. Now an octogenarian, he had a minor cut on his head from a fall at his home where he lived alone. His CT scan and suturing had been delayed until after midnight by the usual parade of high priority ambulance patients. Still spry for his age, he asked to use the phone to call a taxi, to take him home, then he realized his ambulance had brought him without his wallet. He asked if he could use the phone to make a long distance call to his daughter who lived 7 miles away. With great pride we told him that he could not, as he'd done enough for his country and the least we could do was get him a taxi home, even if we had to pay for it ourselves. My only regret was that my shift wouldn't end for several hours, and I couldn't drive him myself.

I was there the night M/Sgt Roy Benavidez came through the Emergency Dept. for the last time. He was very sick. I was not the doctor taking care of him, but I walked to his bedside and took his hand. I said nothing. He was so sick, he didn't know I was there. I'd read his Congressional Medal of Honor citation and wanted to shake his hand. He died a few days later.

The gentleman who served with Merrill's Marauders,

the survivor of the Bataan Death March,

the survivor of Omaha Beach ,

the 101 year old World War I veteran.

The former POW held in frozen North Korea

The former Special Forces medic - now with non-operable liver cancer

the former Viet Nam Corps Commander..

I may still groan when yet another ambulance comes in, but now I am much more aware of what an honor it is to serve these particular men and women.

I have seen a Congress who would turn their back on these individuals who've sacrificed so much to protect our liberty. I see later generations that seem to be totally engrossed in abusing these same liberties, won with such sacrifice.

It has become my personal endeavor to make the nurses and young enlisted medics aware of these amazing individuals when I encounter them in our Emergency Dept. Their response to these particular citizens has made me think that perhaps all is not lost in the next generation.

My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an incredible generation, and this nation knows not what it is losing. Our uncaring government and ungrateful civilian populace should all take note. We should all remember that we must 'Earn this.'

Written By CAPT. Steven R. Ellison, M.D. US Army

If it weren't for the United States Military, there'd be 'NO' United States of America !

Steven Ellison, MD

And now as you have finished reading this, our Congress that enjoys their free medical care are in the process of charging these people for their medical care and at the same time possibly reducing their retirement pay. A typical political "Thank you."   

In God We Trust!

Fwd: FW: Old Needed

> I never really liked the terminology "Old Farts" but this makes me
> feel better about it.
> And if you aren't one, I'll bet you know one!
> I got this from an "Old Fart" friend of mine!
> I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only 'old fart'
> receiving it. Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will
> see.
>  * Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing
> of the National Anthem, Old Farts remove their caps and stand at
> attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and
> believe in them.
> * Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbour , Guadalcanal ,
> Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The
> Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus
> Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .
> * If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If
> you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a
> lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are polite, particularly to women.
> * Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when
> walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
> * Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and
> children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in
> movies.
> * Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom
> brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.
> * It's the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by
> politicians, but by the young men and women in the Air Force, Army,
> Navy and RCMP, serving their country.
> This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of
> responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.
> We need them now more than ever.
> Thank Goodness for Old Farts!
> Pass this on to all the "Old Farts" you know.
> I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find
> them.

New ones

Fwd: Fw: Fwd: 'Who's protesting 'what' ?

Funny, But Sad...

I guess when your schooling is free, you don't feel the need to learn anything.
Just because some athletes went to college doesn't mean they were educated in anything but football.
Just another example of why you can't fix stupid.  Do not miss the last one!!

NEW YORK (World News Bureau) - In a recent polling of 585 NFL players, nearly all of them were unsure of exactly what they are protesting. Here's a sampling of responses to the question:

"What are you protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem?" 

"Pretty sure it's against Nazis - especially the white ones." 

"We're protesting America becoming capitalistic instead of equal." 

"I'm protesting against Trump saying black lives don't matter." 

"We're against global warming and the police." 

"We're showing the world that we care about, ahh, things such as.... such as...ahhhhh, freedom from suppression?"

"Me and my fellow players are protesting the Constitution of Independence because of what it does to people of color." 

"We are displaying our right to stand up by kneeling for our beliefs." 

"We are protesting Trump, because he, you know, keeping the black man down and sh*t.." 

"Myself is kneeling to show that just because I'm American don't mean I got to act like one." 

All above comments are from gentlemen with at least 4 years of an American College Education.

wd: Fw: Paul Bogosian Fwd: Amazing Football

Subject: Amazing Football
I saw an amazing football game this year on TV:
1) The player's hair fit under their helmets.
2) No tattoos could be seen.
3) There were no outlandish end zone celebrations.
4) There was no taunting.
5) Opposition players helped each other up after a play.
6) Footballs were not spiked or left for the referee to retrieve; they were handed to the referee.
7) No one took a knee on the sidelines.
9) Players stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem.
10) It's great to watch an Army / Navy game.

Fwd: FW: Vietnam facts interesting

> Â
> A little history most people will never know.
> Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
> Â
> There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall,
> including those added in 2010.
> Â
> The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us
> by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to
> believe it is 57 years since the first casualty.
> Â
> The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth,
> Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed
> on June 8, 1956 . His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son,
> Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on
> Sept. 7, 1965.
> Â
> There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
> Â
> 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
> Â
> 8,283 were just 19 years old.
> Â
> The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
> Â
> 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
> Â
> 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
> Â
> One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
> Â
> 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
> Â
> 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
> Â
> 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
> Â
> Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
> Â
> 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I
> wonder why so many from one school.
> Â
> 8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing the wounded.
> Â
> 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War;
> 153
> of them are on the Wall.
> Â
> Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
> West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation.
> There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
> The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school
> football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of
> Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring
> beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado
> Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the
> patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine
> graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps.
> Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
> The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales
> were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in
> Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a
> few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field.
> And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967,
> all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the
> fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less
> than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting
> the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
> The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~
> 245 deaths.
> The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415
> casualties were incurred.
> For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that
> the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to
> the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain
> that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted
> with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands,
> wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble
> warriors.
> Â Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those
> who DO Care . Â
> I've also sent this to those I KNOW do care very much, and I thank you
> for caring as you do.
> Â

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